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Julia Bradbury backs Walk Together


Axminster Tools & Machinery Cardiff wins National Retail Award


Outstanding customer and community engagement


has helped


Axminster Tools & Machinery Cardiff win the Team of the Year award at the prestigious DIY Week retail awards held in London recently. T e


award category


TV presenter and walking enthusiast Julia Bradbury is encouraging you to join Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer’s Walk Together this summer to save lives and improve the quality of life for all those aff ected by bowel cancer. The charity is organising a fi ve-mile sponsored walk in Cardiff on Saturday 22 September, along the beautiful Cardiff Bay circular route, to soak up the scenery of the barrage with spectacular views of the Bristol Channel. It’s the fi rst ever Walk Together event in Wales. If you can’t make the walk in Cardiff , Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer is inviting you to organise a sponsored walk in your local area from July to September. It’s a perfect opportunity to bring people together to show their support for those undergoing treatment, remember loved ones and raise funds to help stop bowel cancer. To sign up to Walk Together in Cardiff on Saturday 22 September or to receive a fundraising pack with everything you need to hold your own memorable walk, visit: bowelcanceruk.org.uk/walktogether If you need inspiration on walks in your area, visit The Outdoor Guide: theoutdoorguide.co.uk


was aimed at new retail teams of fewer than 20 people who have brought innovation and inspiration into the store to ensure an exceptional customer experience. Store


Manager, Lee


Parfi tt and Deputy Store Manager, Katie Reid, accepted the award on behalf of the Cardiff store which is the most recent of the eight Axminster Tools & Machinery stores to open. Lee said that the award was a ‘great credit to the team who have remained intensely service-driven since we opened for business’. “T e retail environment is challenging and we need to be going the extra mile for the customer. So we’ve worked hard to make sure


From Leſt : Berni Callery (Retail Manager, Axminster Tools & Machinery), Darran McLeod (Sales Director), Katie Reid (Deputy Store Manager) and Lee Parfi tt (Store Manager) with the Best Team trophy won by the Cardiff Store at the DIY Week Retail awards recently.


that the store experience is informative and enjoyable and refl ects ‘the Axminster Diff erence’ - and this is all about getting hands on with a wide selection of tools and machines.” “By introducing workstations in store, bringing regular professional free demonstrations to our Live Workshop, and hosting local carving and woodturning clubs, we’ve built a loyal customer base in the area which


continues to grow,” said Lee. At the same time, the store has reached out to its local communities, providing support


for organisations


charitable such


as


Spice Time Credits, Amelia’s Trust Farm and the RNLI Penarth - and working closely with local scout groups and schools. Retail Manager for Axminster Tools & Machinery, Berni Callery added:


“T e Store team is resourceful,


professional and enthusiastic, making them worthy representatives of our company values -


including teamwork,


family and a passion for craſt smanship. T eir consistent dedication to making the store experience memorable and being actively engaged within


the Cardiff community


were key factors in winning this award. T ey have transformed the store from a retail space, into an experience.”


Welsh Government funded childcare offer expanded


A further seven local authorities across Wales are set to pilot the Welsh Government’s new ground- breaking childcare off er, Minister for Children, Huw Irranca-Davies has announced. When rolled out across Wales by September 2020, the off er will provide 30 hours of Welsh Government-funded


early education and


childcare to working parents of 3 and 4 year olds for 48 weeks of the year. The Minister is announcing the off er is being extended to cover the following local authority areas from September 2018: • Cardiff – phased introduction


• Newport – phased introduction • Torfaen – the entire county • Neath Port Talbot – phased introduction • Ceredigion – the entire county • Conwy – phased introduction • Wrexham – phased introduction The off er


is currently available in Anglesey,


Gwynedd, Caerphilly, Flintshire, Rhondda Cynon Taff , Swansea and Blaenau Gwent. The announcement means the number of authorities delivering the off er will double by this September, demonstrating progress and real momentum. The off er is expected to be delivered


in at least some parts of most local authorities in Wales by September 2019. Minister for Children, Older People and Social Care, Huw Irranca-Davies said: “Our ground-breaking childcare off er is making a real diff erence to parents right across Wales, reducing the strain on family income and helping ensure childcare is not a barrier to them taking up employment or increasing their hours. “I’m delighted to confi rm the off er is being rolled out to seven more local authorities across Wales, as we continue the work to roll out the off er across the entire country by September 2020.”


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